the sweat shoppe

April 24, 2015

sweat shoppe

The last time I actually wore a bikini was 1987. I was sunburned, slathered in baby oil and bouncing up and down nauseous on the infamous “beach bus,” which shuttled eager valley girls over Topanga Canyon in the hopes of making contact with a real life surfer. I was 15 then. So getting “bikini-ready” simply meant “putting one on.” In 2015, its a whole other endeavor equipped with exercising, exfoliating, waxing, and a host of other things I have very little experience or patience doing. Here are some of the things I’ve committed myself to doing for two weeks in order to make life slightly more pleasant for those around me, should I ever venture into a bikini again. Dieting is NOT one of them.

Heated Cardio Workout! Cardio sucks balls. Im not going to lie. Pretty much any hard core cardio sucks for me. Add 100 degrees and a dark stinky room filled with 30 plus stationary bikes piled on top of each other and you pretty much described my idea of hell. (Actually scratch that, put a sound track on of El DeBarge and my kids wining and THAT would be hell)

Yet for some reason it’s NOT! Maybe it’s the thoughtful playlist.

Maybe it’s Melissa Lau, the instructor’s, encouraging up beat vibe. Maybe it’s her savant-like ability to remember every single person’s name. Who knows. Whatever the reason, the 55 minutes of torture I endured three times a week at North Hollywood’s Sweat Shoppe during my bikini journey, were some of my favorite moments. No joke. Its hard and intense. But Melissa’s class is a party the entire time. Such a party, my husband and I made her Wednesday night 6:30pm class our official “date night.” Romantic, I know.

Reasonably priced at $20.00 a class with packages and flash sales frequently, Sweat Shoppe’s 55 minute heated workout definitely gives you the most bang for your buck Of course there are days I’d pay triple to just not show up, but its those days that Melissa’s personality and her dedicated following of fellow spinners worked extra hard to see me through. Its definitely a supportive community with large (toned) open arms for new comers and beginners and anyone else who dares to enter. But be prepared, you have to sign up ahead of time. And if you don’t show up, you may just get a text from Melissa. It’s not a super scary text…just scary enough!

Written by Meredith Morton

Meredith is a mom of three perfectly behaved and always impeccably dressed boys who never cuss or fight. She prefers exercise to the side effects of lithium. You can follow her on Instagram @meredithmorton but don’t expect too much.

sweat shoppe


Barre Belle on La Brea : Setting a new bar in barre classes.

April 23, 2015

My 2 week long adventure of trying out Barre classes around Los Angeles felt very much like teen tour in the 80’s minus all the back of the bus first base hook ups (I was a late bloomer).  But, if I were to hook up on this tour, it would be with, Marnie Alton, owner of “Barre Belle.”  Gorgeous, smart, and dedicated, Marnie has managed to carve out a unique niche in the terribly over-saturated Barre market.  Her Bohemian design and thoughtful details make you feel like you’ve gotten a sought after invite to her private living space. Marnie manages to make every person in her multi level low-impact class feel like they’re experiencing a “private” session with a few of their best friends. Perhaps it’s because she “hasn’t gone corporate” or avoids “Groupons” and quick gimmicks.  Maybe it’s because of the materials she uses in the workout space that allow each class to feel fresh and clean.  IMG_9455 kCS7GqF2NH4va2x0SUHWYScSwG4DYuAeZgV4uY0YHV0,0t2waJM9Q8kqogbJGz-TArmUs485EjTXmv6UNou5Wrc  RACKED_HT_MARNIE-78

Whatever the reason, Marnie’s classes are rigorous as fuck, yet thoroughly enjoyable.  I felt safe to push myself, knowing that Marnie’s focus and expertise would prevent me from injury. Also, my 16 year old self, was really hoping to impress her.  We didn’t make out, but she did tell me she liked my hair and leg warmers, so…thats good enough for my 43 year old self.

Written by Meredith Morton Meredith is a mom of three perfectly behaved and always impeccably dressed boys who never cuss or fight. She prefers exercise to the side effects of lithium. You can follow her on Instagram @meredithmorton but don’t expect too much.


Pricing SPECIAL!!

Join Danielle Beinstein and the Unplug Meditation Center on May 2nd for a guided meditation on the theme of abundance with proceeds going to Imagine1day

April 22, 2015

Imagine1Day, a nonprofit founded by Chip Wilson (founder of lululemon) and his wife Shannon, to help Ethiopia become a more prosperous nation by setting a goal to provide all Ethiopians with access to quality education by 2030.

Join Danielle Beinstein and the Unplug Meditation Center on May 2nd for a guided meditation on the theme of abundance with proceeds going to the charity.

Unplug for imagine1day Invite


imagine1day (i1day) is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Chip Wilson, founder of lululemon and his wife, Shannon. imagine1day is a movement powered by endless creative energy to help Ethiopia become the prosperous nation it aims to be.

Grounded in their mission of developing leaders to elevate the world, and in pursuit of their goal to ensure “All Ethiopians have access to quality education funded free of foreign aid by 2030”, imagine1day is creating a unique way of operating in the realm of making a difference in the world.

In Ethiopia, imagine1day’s indigenous implementation team forms partnerships with rural communities, to elevate access to sustainable, quality education by building schools, training teachers, supporting school-driven income generation activities, and developing leadership in everyone. imagine1day currently works in partnership with 226 schools and is impacting over 100,000 children each year across five districts in Ethiopia.

For more info on Unplug Meditation…but all proceeds will go to the charity!!

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Introduces the NEW “Your Home Spa Facial Kit”

April 21, 2015

Day treat her to the NEW limited-edition Your Home Spa Facial Kit from Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. Featuring a curated selection of the brand’s beloved face care essentials, this beautifully packaged five-piece gift set includes everything you need to create an at-home, spa-quality experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.

Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Introduces the NEW "Your Home Spa Facial Kit"

Clarifying Steam Bath

Formulated with herbal extracts of nasturtium, daisy and witch hazel, this steam bath promotes the natural cleansing process, opens clogged pores and reduces redness for a revitalized complexion.

Clarifying Clay Mask

Reveal refined skin with this clay-based facial mask. Hero ingredient Loess clay absorbs oil and impurities to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and blackheads while encouraging natural exfoliation.

Revitalizing Mask

This facial mask is designed to revitalize dull skin with nurturing plant oils and extracts. In just 20 minutes, the renewing mask helps soothe redness, hydrate skin and visibly minimizes pores.

Mini branded porcelain bowl

Ideal for the mixing and application of the Clarifying Clay Mask, this sleek bowl adds a simple touch of chicness to a bathroom or vanity.

Professional quality brush

Designed with natural bristles, this facial brush makes mask application smooth and mess-free.

Retail Price: $39.95

The limited-edition Your Home Spa Facial Kit will be available on and as well as at select retailers nationwide, including all Pharmaca store locations.

About Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

The natural skincare experts since 1967, Dr. Hauschka offers a complete line of holistic skin care that supports balanced skin health to achieve lasting, radiant beauty. Plant- and mineral-based preparations for the face, body and bath are complemented by a collection of decorative cosmetics that nurture the skin while revealing a woman’s authentic beauty. A favorite among discerning skin care enthusiasts, celebrities and make-up artists, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care is available nationwide at retailers including Pharmaca.  Learn more at, and